SPECTACULAR fishing in the waters north of Lizard Island from the luxury of a beautifully appointed mothership is the strategy behind the launch of Far North Sports Fishing (FNSF) in Port Douglas tomorrow.
Sport fishing enthusiasts Tony Fyfe and Craig Parsell have bought local business identity John Morris’ 68-foot Blue Martini as the platform for their high-end operation.
The concept is one of exclusivity, complete sea-faring luxury and the best of sports fishing.
A live-aboard chef will complete the crew of five, preparing gourmet fare for groups of up to eight clients.
‘‘We’re a luxury sports fishing operation, that’s our focus,’’ said Craig Parsell
He said the combination of private charter, one-hat equivalent cuisine and premium wine adds up to a bespoke experience that will differentiate the FNSF and Blue Martini from other fishing charters.
‘‘There are some great fishing operations out there and we will be too, but these are the things that will differentiate us,’’ he said.
The partners say their investment in the operation, having also spent $1 million on a refit of the mothership as well fitting it with three custom-built Hooker centre consoles, is an indication of their faith in Port Douglas as an upmarket destination enjoying more growth. They are in a position to know. Both men have been coming to the area for over 15 years, having their second homes in Port Douglas. They both enjoy blue water and estuary fishing, and have also been members at Palmer Links Golf Club since it was first built. They met years ago in Asia, where both of them ran various businesses.
‘‘Craig and I have run a lot of different businesses and we felt there was a real gap in the sector for an upmarket sports fishing operation out of Port Douglas based on being truly five-star and offering quality fishing experiences north of Port Douglas.’’
Typically guests will be flown into a remote location in Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park or Lizard Island, to hook up with Blue Martini and the FNSF team for their fishing adventure. The months from mid-February to early April will see the operation focusing on the ‘‘run off’’ and remote barramundi adventures in Rinyirru National Park. The rest of the year FNSF will offer a broad range of blue water sports fishing packages at locations stretching from Fitzroy Island to the Claremont Isles in the north.
The three dories, built by Hooker Boats in Cairns, are crewed by experienced professional guides that will take guests into the estuaries and creeks chasing barramundi or out onto the reef to troll for pelagic species or pop for trophy size giant trevally which are present in our northern waters.
‘‘We’ve got the whole gambit, no matter what they want to do,’’ says Craig Parsell.
As keen fishermen themselves they’ve seen a lot of demand from anglers in the southern states to experience the thrill of fishing the likes of GT and barramundi, not just marlin.
As both men are tapped into Asia, they are also looking to the advent of demand from keen anglers from China and expats from Hong Kong. They will actively market their operation in China, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as catering for the usual domestic and northern hemisphere clientele.
Blue Martini is the mothership of a new game fishing venture